Home Improvement

Thinking of remodeling? Have you stopped to consider how transforming a bedroom into a home office might impact the value of the home? One of the most common questions homeowners have when thinking of remodeling is how much the work will add or detract from the value of the home. You'll find answers to those questions and more in this section of ActiveRain.


Everything you need to know – the answers to all your burning questions – about energy efficiency, green homes, landscaping, home maintenance, staging, landscaping and more is right here at your fingertips.


With over 300,000 real estate professionals, including stagers, contractors, landscapers and others, there is no better place to find the information you need than ActiveRain.


While you'll find a ton of helpful ideas and hints within these pages, you'll want to bookmark the site so that you can check back for the hundreds of daily updates from authors who spend their days actually performing the tasks you have questions about.


Put the hammer down and the glasses on and read on.

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By M.C. Dwyer, Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist
(Century 21 Showcase REALTORs)
Comments 9
Originally written by Lise Howe on the East Coast, I thought this article was worth re-blogging because of the reality she sheds on what the TV shows sometimes make look like an easy profitable experience.     She recommends adding 15 - 20% onto your budget for contingencies and I'd add, plan on ...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Comments 11
Lately, I've been doing a lot of in home design consultations.  I help customers picking stain colors and pain colors.  While I'm there, I often give them other design advice as well as tell them the right order to do things.  (In this regards, I know much more than the average decorator given my...

By Steve Houck
(Real Estate Partners, LLC)
Comments 2
Many of you have seen me post on this subject before, however, it is one of the most important things that a home buyer/owner should be aware of. I'm not an engineer, so I'm not qualified as such, but in my 20+ years in real estate, I've witnessed several problems caused by poor drainage. Now, th...

By Mark and Laura Anderson, Common Name - Uncommon Service
(Keller Williams Premier Realty)
Comments 2
Top 8 Home Design and Remodeling Trends for 2019  If you’re a current homeowner, or in the market to buy, you’re probably curious about the latest trends in home design. Sellers who make strategic updates before listing a property can generate increased interest from buyers and, in some cases, a ...

By Samuel John, We give you daily about real estate market.
(Daily Real Estate Update)
Comments 0
 An ideal dining table is the one that comes within your budget, is robust enough to survive harsh elements, properly fits in your small space, and features an elegant style that you and your guests will love for years. Your dining table isn’t just a set of furniture you’ve installed near your ki...

By Joyce Thomas, Your Home Sold Guaranteed!
(The Thomas Group Brokered by eXp Realty)
Comments 2
Moving can be a hassle, especially when we fear we’re forgetting something. This moving checklist infographic will help keep you on track as well as informing you of deductibles that could apply to you.  

By Joyce Thomas, Your Home Sold Guaranteed!
(The Thomas Group Brokered by eXp Realty)
Comments 1
As more people become aware of their carbon footprint, many are looking for home interior alternatives that allow them to live consciously while still creating a beautiful home. You’ll feel better about your home knowing it’s environmentally friendly. This infographic breaks down the different wa...

By Joyce Thomas, Your Home Sold Guaranteed!
(The Thomas Group Brokered by eXp Realty)
Comments 0
Utility bills are often much higher than they should be. By making some simple changes, you can keep your house comfortable and significantly reduce your monthly energy bills.Lower Heating CostsHeating and cooling are responsible for a large chunk of utility bills. In the winter, you can save mon...

By Matt Lee, Real Estate Marketing
(Rise Up Local & Lead Generation Experts)
Comments 3
Green building materials have several benefits for both builders and homeowners looking to build or renovate. From energy efficiency to healthier products that give off fewer VOCs, more green building materials are appearing on the market, meeting the demand that many people have for homes and bu...

By Jennifer Carstensen, I specialize in selling houses (License: 317824)
(REMAX Real Estate Experts)
Comments 2
One of the biggest challenges sellers face when listing their house is decluttering. Cleaning out some of the more personal decorating choices allows buyers to imagine themselves living in the house. Those planning to sell soon are in luck! Marie Kondo, the inventor of the KonMari Method of Tidyi...

By Karen Borden
(Legend Realty)
Comments 1
Fruits and Nuts Planting season continues for dormant trees. Fertilize fruit trees. Apply half of the fertilizer recommended for grapes now; apply the other half soon after fruit sets. Continue dormant pruning and grafting. Start strawberry plantings. Shrubs Planting season continues. Visit camel...

By Gwen Fowler-CRS- 864-638-3599 SC Mountains & Lakes--, Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.
(Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc)
Comments 4
Some great tips for keeping the cold out! It's one degree this morning… 1°, and even that is warmer than some places around the country right now. We are seeing record-breaking low temperatures across the US. I even saw a Facebook post of the cold coming through light switch sockets, that's how c...

By Tiffany Hayden, We support real estate agent pros in the U.S.
(Top 10 Contractor)
Comments 3
How to Remove Ink from CarpetNearly all carpet cleaners tend to be cautious concerning ink spots or stains. Many of them have observed minimal results in removing them from carpeting. Ink stains are extremely difficult to cope with when seen on light colored high-density deluxe pile carpets.Ink s...

By Phyllis Lerner call 914.438.7556, William Raveis Legends Realty Group
(William Raveis Legends Realty Group LLC)
Comments 2
Good news... You may be able to finance your renovation...One of the major drawbacks of buying a fixer upper property is having to come up with the cash to do the improvements... especially after you have just spent all of your cash on your down payment and closing costs.Luckily, there are a numb...

By Phyllis Lerner call 914.438.7556, William Raveis Legends Realty Group
(William Raveis Legends Realty Group LLC)
Comments 0
It allows you to put your stamp on it and do it within your budget... When you buy a move in ready home that was fixed up by someone else, it reflects in most cases their taste, style and needs... and budget.But if you buy a house that still needs fixing up, you get to reconfigure, renovate and u...

By Samuel John, We give you daily about real estate market.
(Daily Real Estate Update)
Comments 0
   It sounds good when you pass your real estate exam. The best decision is to practice a real estate exam from rising stars. Many of these exams prep have been written in a concise, direct style about the subject matter. Hundreds of hours have been spent to research, analyze and test these real ...

By Samuel John, We give you daily about real estate market.
(Daily Real Estate Update)
Comments 0
 Investors in your business can greatly help open up opportunities for your business. With their money, you may be able to take your business further than ever imagined by opening up new departments or stores or even launching a product or service that you’ve had in the pipeline for some time. Th...

By Christopher Watters, Austin Realtor (512-829-8000)
(Watters International Realty)
Comments 1
The 2 Most Important Rooms in Your HomeIf you’re a home seller, which rooms can you upgrade for the highest return on your investment (ROI)? There are two that top the list: the kitchen and the master bathroom. Aside from upgrading these rooms, there are other items you can focus on as well that ...

By Asad Malik, I'm an real estate agent and a house builder.
(Hellgeeks)
Comments 1
It is really important to keep your gutters and downpipes well maintained to keep them functioning for a longer time period. If you avoid paying attention to them, you would end up suffering from severe water problems. Here are 6 tips which would help you maintain your gutters and downpipes to ke...

By Kate Steven, Best Real Estate Blog
Comments 0
Nicotine is an addictive substance that has permeated within our society. Smoking cigarettes have become not only a hobby for some but has been incorporated into their lifestyle. Smoking has been proven to be harmful and studies have shown that it has hundreds of negative effects not only to the ...